1996 Talbot 750ml

France - Bordeaux - St Julien | Fourth Growth/ Red / Bordeaux Blend   |     Watch

WS 91   WA 89   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Lots of blackberry, licorice and light tar aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. This needs time.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Author: James Suckling
Issue: Web

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

I tasted this wine three times in January, rating it 88, 89, and 90 with similar tasting notes. The wine is close to being outstanding, exhibiting a saturated dark ruby color, and excellent aromatics, consisting of black fruits intermixed with licorice, dried herbs, and roasted meat smells. It is full, with impressive extract, a fleshy texture, low acidity, excellent purity, and a long, deep, chewy finish. This 1996 will be drinkable at a young age, yet keep for 15-20 years.

Drink Dates: 2003-2017
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 122

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: floober
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 12/01/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
colour: light garnet with a lightly tawny rim. nose: coffee bean. dusty oak. dark cherry. mature but not old. taste: this is a lovely fully mature medium to full bodied bordeaux. cherry flavours and autumnal fruit flavours to the fore. still quite tannic this is a wine that will charm you rather than blow you away with intensity. a little bit one dimensional but still very pleasant.currently in its drinking window it will not improve much further in bottle so may as well drink up now!

Rating: 90
Author: Connaisseurs
Trust Rating: 1
Tasted On: 01/20/2011
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Average rating: 88, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

1261 bottles owned by 287 collectors.

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About This Producer


Located in Saint-Julien, Chateau Talbot was classified as a Forth Growth chateau in the 1855 classification. The estate's history traces to Constable Talbot, who was an English warrior, defeated in France at the battle of Castillon in 1453. The Cordier family bought the estate in 1917 and continues operations today. The Cordiers believe in quality wine production with deepest respect for the land, and the results of their efforts are continually met with accolades from critics and wine enthusiasts worldwide. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (26%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (3%), which in general mirrors the wine's blend. Talbot wines are consistently firm in structure with well-rounded tannins, and are highly concentrated, giving them excellent aging potential. Chateau Talbot also makes a dry white, Caillou Blanc de Talbot, produced from 80% Sauvignon and 20% Semillon, as well as a second label red, Connetable de Talbot.

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Wine Varietal: Bordeaux Blend


Six varieties are permitted to be used in a red Bordeaux blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and, less frequently, Carmenere. Each lends a specific characteristic to the finished blends, most of which are dominated by large percentages of either Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings aromatics and age-ability, or Merlot, which adds softness and body. In the Bordeaux region, Cabernet blends are found on the Left Bank and Merlot on the Right.

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